Planning the SoTeC Conference Takes a Village 2014

The SoTeC conference is a 100% volunteer run conference. Members from the 10 Sponsor Organizations form a planning committee coalition. Other volunteers join the ‘village’ and we plan and execute this conference. Planning started in Feb 2015, bi-weekly conference calls followed with three face to face meetings, and a conference bag stuffing session in October, and voila, we have a conference!

Meet the 2015 SoTeC Executive Committee

Ron Rizza, Finance Chair, Conference Advisor
Ron has been on the board for 7 years. He has also been involved with SCQAA-OC for most of the 30+ years it has existed, including most years on the Board. He has been involved in all aspects of Software and Systems development , Software and Hardware Quality, Operations Research, Audit, Security, etc. for over 40 years at such companies as Lockheed-Martin, Ford Motor Company, Advanced Logic Research, Gateway and Panasonic Avionics Corporation. The high quality of the SoTeC conferences, and the opportunity to work with smart, energetic, creative people who put it together and attend is what keeps him coming back.
Mark Harbin, Registration Chair
Mark Harbin is an experienced professional with 29 years in the computer and information technology industries. He has been an active participate on the SoTeC committee for 7 years and over 12 years with the SCQAA-OC chapter. Mark has strong abilities in quality assurance, project management and product delivery. He is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and has successfully led his company in obtaining its ISO certification. He has worked in a variety of industries including aerospace, telecommunications, security, finance, and the medical field. Mark has successfully built three exceptional SQA departments which have contributed to each company’s bottom line and the overall delivery of higher quality products. He excels at managing large teams of technical personnel while still maintaining technical expertise. Mark specializes in analyzing and resolving critical situations within tight deadlines.
Tammy Hawkins, Alliance Partner Chair
Tammy has extensive experience in the Technology Staffing and Services Industry, and currently holds the position of VP, West Region for Optomi. Optomi is an innovative IT Staffing Firm, who’s foundation is built on a core group of principles that are unique in the industry. She has held various roles to include; Consulting Services Manager, Account Executive, Sales Manager, Recruiting Manager, Managing Director, and Vice President. Her expertise around market development, leading sales and recruiting teams, and delivery has been leveraged in Southern California since 1999. Tammy’s philosophy is steeped in “community based sales and recruiting”. She is focused on helping technology clients and candidates realize success in their initiatives through helping them navigate the the market climate. Tammy is entrenched in the technology market by taking leadership roles within industry organizations. She currently holds the position as the Regional Alliance Chair for Women In Technology International (WITI) and is a founding member of this network in the Orange County, CA. She has also been deeply involved in the Southland Technology Conference (SoTeC), for the past five years, with the last three serving as the Alliance Partner Chair.
Sujit Ghosh, Inspiration Award Committee Chair
Sujit Ghosh is the cofounder and the Director of Sales and Marketing for 3S Global Business Solutions Inc. 3S Global is a minority certified IT Consulting company based in Canoga Park, CA. Prior to founding 3S GBS, Sujit was the Practice Director for a boutique Business Intelligence and Analytics company. Sujit is an alumni of Goldman Sachs 10K Small Business Program and also an active networker. Sujit is the Vice President of www.scqaa.net , and Inspiration Committee Chair for www.sotecconference.com. Sujit has been involved with SOTEC for over 5 years. Sujit also serves as a steering committee member for International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners (SOCAL North chapter).
Dinesh Srirangpatna, Corporate Outreach Chair
Dinesh Srirangpatna is 2015 Corporate Outreach Chair. Dinesh has previously held the Conference and Marketing Chair. Dinesh is a well known IT thought leader and frequently quoted in media on product launches. He provides business and technology consulting to Fortune 500 clients like HP, Xerox, Samsung etc. He has been involved in industry initiatives such as Mobile Print Alliance (Mopria) and Printing Working Group (PWG). He has over 20 years of IT experience spanning Big Data, Cloud, Mobility and traditional IT architecture. He is a certified PMP, PRINCE, CSM with a passion to evangelize Agile practices and disruptive technology in both enterprise and mid market companies.
Lily Sieu, Facilities Chair
Lily is the returning as Co-Facilities Chair for the Southland Technology Conference. Lily is project/program manager of the Time Warner Cable Business Class Operations – Systems and Tools team. A member itSMF LA LIG, Lily is a Certified Scrum Master, Certified Scrum Product Owner and ITILv3 Service Foundations professional. An avid process improvement engineer and business operations infrastructure information technology designer, she has led projects and/or designed business application systems for companies that include Kia Motors America, Hyundai Motors America and City of Hope. Outside of work, Lily maintains a 180sqft organic garden, trains 2 working dogs, enjoys creating one of a kind art pieces through fused glass and silk painting. Lily is a former US national champion in English Sporting Clays and represented the United States in world level competition in English Sporting Clays and F.I.T.A.S.C. Lily also in an avid supporter of the all volunteer Stars and Stripes Foundation which helps returning US military veterans acclimate back into civilian life state side.
Duane L. Nicholson, Marketing Chair
Mr. Nicholson is the founder and Principal Consultant for N.B.D. Consulting Services, a management consulting service focused on
business process optimization and solution assessment. He possess more than 20 years of experience across the restaurant, retail and the insurance industries, 10 of them as a manager. Over his career, he has consistently proven his ability to make sound decisions through qualitative and quantitative analysis. Mr. Nicholson is recognized as both a professional with business savvy and technical literacy. Duane is known for overcoming challenging environments, people, and processes. He makes his mark by using original ideas to solve business problems.
Duane is the current President of the IIBA – Orange County Chapter and this is his 3rd year with the Southland Technology Conference. His previous contributions are writing press releases in 2012 and Sponsor Organization Marketing Chair in 2013.
Mr. Nicholson is extremely passionate about personal development and career growth. For this reason, he volunteers as a mentor for his alma mater, University Redlands School of Business.
Carole Schlocker , Speaker Chair
Carole has been involved with locating quality speakers for the SoTec conference for over 10 years and introduced the panel sessions and the structured networking lunch sessions. She has a passion for finding the best people and new topics that keep the conference current and interesting and make attendees want to return each year. She is extremely proud of the conference and the growth and popularity it has experienced over the last 10 years. She is also Program Chair for AITP-LA. At iSpace she works tirelessly to find the right job for each candidate and the right candidate for each Manager that she works with. Staffing is her passion. Currently she is on the Board of Stem Advantage and is a long time member of the UCLA I.S. Associates and has served on their board. She is a past Board Member of Tech Serve Alliance. She was the Co-Director of the Los Angeles Chapter of Women in Technology and helped to build the chapter from the ground up. Carole holds a Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Temple University. She strongly believes that she is practicing social work every day in the IT staffing business..
Jim Stoumpos, Job Fair Chair
Jim is the Founding Father of SoTeC and has been with the conference all 15 years.